Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”…Then he set out to follow Elijah and become his servant.
1 Kings 19:20-21b
Okay, Elisha served Elijah…what’s the big deal? The big deal is that Elisha came from a wealthy family and had a nice future all set out in front of him, yet he humbled himself and served Elijah.
But while he was content to follow Elijah, he burned with a wise ambition to serve God to the utmost. Instead of saying, “Oh, if I could just be half the man Elijah is,” in 2 Kings 2:9 he asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit – and his prayer was apparently answered, as he later performed double the number of miracles Elijah did. His final miracle occurred after his death, when a man’s corpse was thrown into his tomb. As the decaying body touched Elisha’s bones, the man was resurrected (2 Kings 13:21). Read it yourself! There’s power in servanthood!
Elisha walked with Elijah, honored him, and learned from him as he served him. We’re all called to a life of service. Our first tutor in serving others is, as it was with Elisha, the family. Next comes discerning God’s call. God’s preparing you for something – don’t be afraid to serve an apprenticeship along the way.
Sweet Freedom in Action
You might have found your calling already, but there are plenty of young people out there who need to be shown the way. Today, help a young person in your life find his or her vocation, or support a group that helps develop young leaders.